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Tue, 17 Mar 2015, 12:42 PM

Meyer, Leanders Take Gatornationals
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Randy Meyer and Ulf Leanders raced to victory in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Randy Meyer and crew celebrate win.
Meyer scored this seventh national event win in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series knocking out reigning Top Alcohol Dragster National Champion Chris Demke with a lap of 5.219 seconds at 277.37 mph. The pair left the line together but Meyer slowly pulled away beating Demke by a tenth of a second as Demke clocked in at 5.330, 276.24. Meyer also won here back in 2007.

Ulf Leanders and crew celebrate win.
Leanders, Niksjofors, SWE, captured his first national event win in just his second final round as he took out the reigning national champion Steve Harker, Gainesville Ga. Leanders was out first and led the whole way posting a 5.541 second lap at 261.47 mph to Harker's 5.626, 256.80.

Bill Clark and crew celebrate Super Gas win.
Joining Leanders as a first time winner was Bill Clark, Dartmouth, NS, CAN, in Super Gas who went 10.321, 124.67 mph in his '00 Firebird in beating Craig Porter, Silver Spring, Md., who left early with a red light foul start.

Joe Santangelo and crew celebrate win.
In Comp Eliminator it was former Super Stock Champion Joe Santangelo winning over another former champion in Al Ackerman. The two were even at the start with Santangelo, Marlborough, Conn., posting at 7.745 second run at 165.33 mph in his '34 roadster to Ackerman's 7.971, 169.42.

David Rampy and crew celebrate win.
David Rampy and Kevin Helms both added wins to their impressive careers with Rampy taking his 87th and Helms his 22nd at the national event level. Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., ran down Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala., in Super Stock going 10.238 at 127.57 mph in his '87 Camaro. Helms collected a nice .021-second final round package to down Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., in Stock Eliminator. Helms, Schriever, La., was .018 at the line with an 8.923 on his 8.92 dial in.

Kevin Helms and crew celebrate win.
John Labbous and Ronnie Davis rounded out the winners this past weekend as Labbous, White House, Tenn., downed Anthony Bertozzi in a double breakout Super Comp final round and Davis, Suwanee, Ga., outran Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., in Top Sportsman. The wins were the second for both drivers.

John Labbous and crew celebrate win.
Many of these racers will head west to Louisiana and No Problem Raceway for the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals this coming weekend, March 20-22. NHRA Southeast Division racers head to Montgomery Motorsports Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, April 17-19.

Ronnie Davis and crew celebrate win.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville:

Randy Meyer, 5.219, 277.37 def. Chris Demke, 5.330, 276.24.

Ulf Leanders, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.541, 261.47 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 5.626, 256.80.

Joe Santangelo, Chevy, 7.745, 165.33 def. Al Ackerman, Dragster, 7.971, 169.42.

David Rampy, Camaro, 10.238, 127.57 def. Mike Crutchfield, G5, 8.930, 145.83.

Kevin Helms, Challenger, 8.923, 149.50 def. Jeff Adkinson, Camaro, 10.427, 126.32.

John Labbous, Dragster, 8.888, 169.78 def. Anthony Bertozzi, Dragster, 8.870, 170.58.

Bill Clarke, Firebird, 10.321, 124.67 def. Craig Porter, Mustang, foul.

Ronnie Davis, Corvette, 6.768, 173.58 def. Jeffrey Barker, Cobalt, 6.989, 215.24.

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